Guinness: Black Ops Has The Best Videogame Ending Ever

Guinness World Records has compiled a list of the Top 50 Videogame Endings of All Time as voted for by 13,519 gamers.

"The list will cause heated debate among passionate gamers and provide further evidence of the growing sophistication and popularity of videogames," the Guinness organization said in the press release. In fact, most of the games listed don't have especially impactful endings and - to us - the list feels more like a list of favorite games.

Last year's best-selling videogame, Call of Duty: Black Ops, developed by Treyarch, tops the list.
The dramatic finale features a frantic shoot-out inside a submarine and provides the game's hero Mason the chance to take vengeance for a murdered friend. The closing sequence offers a new twist on the classic JFK conspiracy theory.

Second place in the list is 2010's Halo: Reach developed by Bungie. Another First-Person Shooter, Halo: Reach takes place in the year 2552, with humanity locked in a war with the alien Covenant. During the post credits sequence the player's character, Noble Six, makes a final stand against impossible odds. Although he is eventually overwhelmed, his sacrifice ensures that the 'Master Chief' survives.

Over 13 year's old, Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time takes third place in the list. One of the best loved games of all time ends in classic fashion with the hero Link defeating Ganondorf and rescuing Princess Zelda.

It is interesting to note that no classic adventure games such as Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Broken Sword and Sam and Max made it to the list. There are also a few games that should be in the list but are not. Off the top our heads we can remember Beyond Good and Evil, Indigo Prophecy and Unreal 2 in addition to the original Fallout and the original Half-Life.

The full list reads as follows:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops

2. Halo: Reach

3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

5. God of War

6. Red Dead Redemption

7. Portal

8. Metal Gear Solid 4

9. Final Fantasy VII

10. Heavy Rain

11. Super Mario Bros.

12. Pokemon Black and White

13. Halo 3

14. Halo: Combat Evolved

15. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

16. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

17. Portal 2

18. Grand Theft Auto IV

19. Mass Effect 2

20. Super Mario Galaxy 2

21. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

22. Kingdom Hearts

23. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

24. Shadow of the Colossus

25. Assassin's Creed

26. Assassin's Creed II

27. Metal Gear Solid

28. Sonic the Hedgehog

29. Super Mario Galaxy

30. Mass Effect

31. Kingdom Hearts II

32. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

33. Sonic Adventure 2

34. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

35. BioShock

36. Gears of War 2

37. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

38. Fallout 3

39. inFamous

40. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

41. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

42. Super Metroid

43. Half-Life 2: Episode Two

44. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

45. Call of Duty: World at War

46. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

47. Crysis 2

48. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

49. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

50. Resident Evil 4

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do you guys SERIOUSLY have a website named megagames, then you make a post about "hurr better endings in games durr" AND YOU FKING PUT GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTTY, HEAVY RAIN AND SONIC (oh god don't be 06) in that damm list? WHEN SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS IS BELLOW, ******* bellow, BELLOW ONE OF THE CoD GAMES? HOW OLD ARE YOU MISTER, WHO WROTE THIS ****? 12 YEARS OLD? OH COME ON!


Call of duty mw1, mw2 and black ops are up higher is because those cods had pretty good endings better than most keep in mind this is before the storytelling got cheesy


This seems to be more of a favorite game list than best ending. Final Fantasy 7 has the worst ending of any final fantasy. It just abruptly cuts to credits. And with the post cred scene with Nanake I thought the planet killed all the humans off. Until Advent Children came out I figure all the heroes and people died anyway. The original Super Mario Bros. didn't even have a real ending. Sonic the Hedgehog's ending was just Sonic running through the first level now filled with little animals.

Dumb list

I clicked on a picture of Dead space to see a list that doesn't have dead space on it, easily gets my top spot of the list. The woman he is picturing through the entire game jumps out at the end, best ending to me.

WTF this list is stupid, and

WTF this list is stupid, and wtf is super mario bros doing on there, really, so this shows how dumb the list is, at number 11 of the best vg endings of all time you find the princess in the castle instead of toad... well then. anyway the best ending ever to me was persona 3 if you havent seen it dont look it up you have to play the game to really know and appreciate how good the ending is

The ****

Tychus still died dumbfuck, I have no idea what you are talking about, SC2 was a pc game first, and Jim still shoots him, what are you on, crack?

Infinite Undiscovery

IU is by far the best ending to a game i've ever seen... and i've seen quite a few. The main character essentially sacrifices themselves to save the world, and post credits we seem him alive... very emotional ending.


erm...,no. Just no. for example, crysis series and metroid series are among the best games ,but their endings do not shine at all. This list is just embarassing. What is a great ending ? Something like the last add-on of NeverWinter or KOTOR ,that is in relation with everything the player did . Or something epic AND smart, or surprising. Or an ending in relation to your successes and failures, like the Colony Wars series. Your list is just a random list of mainstream blockbusters. Sorry, but it is an epic fail.


i personally am a hardcore gamer and i will admit the list is really inaccurate some games i will agree with though like the kingdom hearts series. But there is one game that is really underrated yet is one of the best video games ever. It is called "Final Fantasy Vll crisis core" the whole game was about a guy named zack fair who's life was perfect but throughout the game it fell appart and in the end he had to die to save a friend

Portal 2

Gald(os) to see it on the list. The final sequence literally stood the hair on my neck straight up, it was so awesome. Inspired, creative, clever and brilliant.

Glad(os) to see Portal 2 on

Glad(os) to see Portal 2 on the list. It was one of the few games I have ever played where the final sequence literally made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Inventive, surprising, clever and just downright awesome.

Ima Right

"Last year's best-selling videogame, Call of Duty: Black Ops, developed by Treyarch, tops the list." Key points to note: "Last year's best selling". Soon as I saw that, I knew it was gonna be a list of the top selling, and more recent titles dominating the list. Polling 13,000 sheeple who've likely not gamed back past the original xbox or Ps2 and Dreamcast. And I was right. That's predominantly what this list is. Guinness Records seems set on continuing their "Most Rapid Downward Spiral From Legitimacy in Their Chosen Area Of Expertise", efforts to get that record. LAME


Prince of Persia: Sands of time made a better place on the list than Kingdom Hearts II?!! Okay, it was a great game and all, but the ending was anything but epic... This is just for the ending of the game, right?..

it say right up in the first

it say right up in the first paragraph "In fact, most of the games listed don't have especially impactful endings and - to us - the list feels more like a list of favorite games". Although I do agree with some games like KH 1&2, what the holy hell is super Mario, COD and sonic doing on the list? what about FFX, Darksiders, Castlevennia or Final Fantasy: Tactics?

The list

No disrespect to the author but I've played 43 of those game to completion and a lot of those endings really suck. Number 1 should have been Metal Gear Solid 4 :guns of the patriots that is one ending that is just awesome the whole game is. To be honest most of this list is crap, I do respect that people have personal opinions and the this list is compiled off such opinions but seriously? He needs to play more games.

no spec ops


FF 6

Yeah, I'm sorry but FF VI (FF 3 on SNES) has one of the best game endings of all, loved Super Metroid but FF 6 was still in my opinion one of the best if not the RPG games of all time almost tied with Chrono Trigger.

lol nope

you can't have COD on there several times, the endings (besides WAW) are all the same thing. encounter enemy, close to death, partner distracts enemy creating a quick time event, kill enemy, credits.


alot of games on this list have crappy endings.Like skyrim seriously i didnt even beat skyrims story till i was about lv 50 the story was okay and the ending left no impression at all. You even put pokemon on the list pokemon endings are never anything that special. I will admit i did like the revenge part of the modern warfare 2 ending but the other COD games on the list shoud't be there.

Metal Gear Solid

I know a lot of people have taken issue with this list but I have to throw in my two cents. I'm not a big gamer, but since I got the original Metal Gear Solid demo for my PS1, I've had something bordering on obsession with the franchise. Otherwise I generally stick to stealth-action which I think lends itself well to story-telling. I tend to think about the value/effectiveness/techniques of story-telling a lot and this list depresses me because it does not "provide further evidence of the growing sophistication and popularity of videogames." Instead,it demonstrates that despite gaming being an increasingly popular and socially-acceptable passtime, we as a fanbase are not maturing and not sophisticating. The fact that three games from the MGS franchise make this list and ******* MGS4 is the highest ranking is criminal. Most MGS fans consider MGS1 and MGS3 to be the two best games in the series and I cannot, will not, believe that the blatant and non-sensical retconning of the canon which happened in MGS4 can possibly be better than the endings of any other (canon) games in the series, including the mind-screw ending of Sons of Liberty. MGS2, despite the polarizing reaction from fans, belongs ahead of MGS4 due to the sheer ambition of the game. I mean, Kojima effectively deconstructed his career, the series, the genre, and gaming as a whole with that entry. How many horror movie fans stood up and applauded Joss Whedon for what he did to the genre with Cabin in the Woods? Hideo Kojima did the exact same thing in 2001 with Sons of Liberty, but gamers didn't like it. We felt confused,angry, exploited. This list just indicates to me that we still haven't matured in our tastes since that game was released. That it fundamentally acts as an explanation of meme theory for a superconnected generation and inspired some really good introspection, criticism and philosophical analysis from (some of) its fanbase just makes me love the game all the more. MGS3 was released in 2004 and I still refuse to give spoilers because the last scenes are absolutely heart-wrenching. I would argue, especially if you've played the series in order of release beforehand, paid attention to everything going on, and on that weird gamer level connected with the characters, Snake Eater's ending is an emotional experience comparable to what you'll find in any other art-form. I still listen to "Way to Fall" when I'm feeling down eight years after the game's release. I liked Sons of Liberty, but will readily admit at times it could be an absolute mess. Snake Eater did a great job of toning it down and just telling a ******* great story where, oh cool, I also get to shoot bad guys. In my mind, this is clearly the best entry in the series and this poll of 13,519 gamers ranked it behind Guns of the Patriots? I don't get it. I don't think I even have to defend MGS1. It's a classic for a reason. This isn't to say that there aren't modern games with damned good stories, but the oversaturation of current-gen games on this list would be like saying the latest Transformers movie is better than Casablanca, and the rankings of the MGS games are indicative of this. MGS4 was a fun game to play but it had the benefit of being released for the PS3. No way in hell "because... nanomachines" is satisfying enough to make it number eight on this list and it should be considered the worst ending of the series. Yet there it is, according to 13,519 gamers Guns of the Patriots has the eighth best ending of any video game. The fact that this site and the other commenters take so much issue with this list and generally do so in an insightful manner much more refined than "COD is for ****" gives me hope though. Keep up the good fight guys. I'm just going to assume that Guinness used terrible sampling and interrogative techniques in compiling this list. If you haven't played them, I highly, highly recommend going back and playing the games in order of release. MGS1 is available for download on PSN, and 360 and PS3 users can pick up a copy of the HD Collection (which includes MGS2, 3 and Peace Walker [much more enjoyable than it's PSP release] with updated graphics and improved gameplay. The controls, MGS1 and 2 especially, will feel a little stiff, but if you have the time it's definitely a rewarding experience. On a side note, since the argument has been made that this list is based on "what's cool now?" where in the actual **** is Arkham City? Fun gameplay, great writing, and an absolutely fantastic ending... what else does anybody really want from a video game? Arkham City is on par with any adaptation of Batman and I will stand on Alan Moore's coffee table in Joker paint and repeat that. Guinness should really stick to producing overrated beer and compiling lists of stupid human tricks and avoid subjective questions like "best (insert variable) ever." TL;DR:

Wait.. Call of Duty had a

Wait.. Call of Duty had a story to begin with? Huh... I thought it was Call of Duty Multiplayer.. Oh! and a campaign that is literally EVERYWHERE but makes no sense. Halo.. Eh, I think Halo 3 should have been 2nd instead of Reach. But seriously.. Who is the moron who wrote this?

wat the hell

the list is crap blops had a terrible ending Halo reach had a decent ending not 2nd placde(coming from a massive halo fan) to be honest all of reach was an ending but where is Halo 3 ODST that had a class ending


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